Cocktail Enthusiast: Drinking in Some History in Downtown Nashville

We’ve seen all kinds of fanciful claims when it comes to whiskey brands and history. This one says it’s distilled in the dungeon of a 13th century castle. That one comes from Davy Crockett’s brother’s recipe.

Too many of these backstories can charitably be called “improbable.” Uncharitably, they can be called “bullshit.”

Which is why it’s refreshing to talk to the brothers who founded Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville. They’ve got a real backstory, which really goes back 150 years, and really involves their ancestors. Namely, their great-great-great grandfather Charles Nelson, who arrived in the U.S. from Germany in the 1850s, and soon moved from the soap-and-candle business to the butchering business to the distilling business.

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